CBD in the bedroom
There is actually no doubt that CBD is gradually becoming a popular product for all-round body wellness. Whether it is infused in body massage oils, edibles (such as chocolate and pills), oral sprays, or even CBD lubes, CBD is shown to pose a beneficial effect on its users.
CBD (cannabidiol in full), which is one of the estimated 113 cannabinoids, is a chemical substance derived from the cannabis plant. This 'suddenly popular' substance is new to the market, and so, its full potential is yet to be explored.
Unlike marijuana, which contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a psychoactive cannabinoid that causes the 'highness' sensation in users, cannabidiol is not psychoactive and, therefore, is considered safe to use.
Most people who have used CBD either used it to combat depression, gain relief from anxiety, pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder, promote sleep, reduce acne and inflammation.
Lately, it is discovered that the benefits CBD poses in the bedroom haven't been well explored, and this is because most users are ignorant of these benefits.
Most people would try anything (beneficial or detrimental) just to improve their performance in the bedroom and get a 'pleasurable experience.' Among a large number of CBD users, only a few have introduced it into their sex lives, and this is because the information about its bedroom benefits hasn't been widely circulated.
A 2016 case study showed that cannabis users have more sex on average. Another study showed that in some cases, cannabis usage could lead to increased arousal. The same study also showed that 70% of people who used cannabis before sex reported an increase in sexual pleasure.
Well, before we talk about the benefits CBD exerts on your sexual life, here's a brief explanation of how it works in the body.
The human body has two receptors for all cannabinoids. These are the CB1, also known as cannabinoid receptor type 1 (found in significantly high concentration in the brain and central nervous system) and CB2, cannabinoid receptor type 2 (found in peripheral tissues and cells of the immune system). Unlike THC That binds directly to these cells, CBD does not. It indirectly binds to the vast and complex system in the body called the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) by setting off a series of reactions in the body that can stimulate the ECS. This system is made up of enzymes that break down cannabinoids, cell receptors for cannabinoids, and Endocannabinoids, which is a naturally made chemical substance found in the body. The ECS helps regulate many things in the body, such as brain function, mood, immune response, sleep, sex drive, pain, inflammation, and stress. ECS receptors are found in the brain and sexual reproductive organs, such as the testicles.
If you have decided to experiment with CBD in the bedroom, it is important to find out what works best for you. Some key points to be noted before using CBD includes;
- Buy a quality product: Before you take a step in paying for that product, ensure it is tested by a third-party lab, read analysis to make sure it is verified by a certified lab, read product descriptions, and also, read reviews thoroughly to ensure you know what you are buying.
- Pay attention to the extraction process: It is advisable to buy CBD products that were extracted using the CO2 extraction process. This is because this process is safe and produces pure products.
- Check for the THC content: CBD is derived from either hemp or marijuana. Marijuana-derived CBD has a higher concentration of THC than hemp-derived CBD, which contains less than 0.3%.
- Find out the right dosage that works best for you: Start slowly with a couple of days’ interval. Increase the dose, and if you notice an increase in the benefits, ride on. But if after increasing the dosage, you don't feel good about it or you notice any harmful effect, go back to the previous dose.
It takes between 10-30 minutes for the effects of CBD to be felt in the body. So, do not expect it to work immediately after usage. Exercise some patience.
Research has shown that anxiety about sexual performance can decrease sexual urges. CBD reduces stress and anxiety, thus increasing relaxation of the body and mind. This state of relaxation can spice up a good mood for romance, thereby exerting a positive effect on sexual one's experience. Therefore, rather than using alcohol or any other substance (which may be detrimental to your health) to chill and relax, CBD can provide the same effect as these substances without any fussy feelings.
CBD can also act as an aphrodisiac (by stimulating sexual desires directly in the brain due to the presence of ECS receptors). Research shows that when applied topically, it acts as vasodilators. That is, it dilates the blood vessel, thus allowing a natural flow of fresh oxygenated blood in the organ. This can, therefore, lead to arousal or sexual stimulation.
Using CBD infused lubes are safer than the chemical-based ones. CDB increases the production of natural lubricants, especially in women, thus reducing the pains experienced during penetration.
A full body massage with CBD -infused body oil and a few drops of essential oil for you and your partner therapeutically reduces tension and influences the body to relax and also promote post-sex sleep.
Studies show that CBD exerts anti-inflammatory effects on its users. This is, therefore, suitable for people experiencing any type of sexual dysfunction or pain during sex. Men experiencing erectile dysfunction, women experiencing pains, can take advantage of CBDs' anti-inflammatory effect. This will help them perform better and have a better sex life.
CBD may be associated with a few side effects like fatigue, changes in appetite and weight, and diarrhea in some people.
In conclusion, even though research on the potential therapeutic benefits of CBD is still on-going, it is important to know that CBD helps to reduce chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, tension, and depression that may lead to a decrease in sexual desires.